Exclusive: Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices in U.S.


By Edwin Chan and Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) – Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort. China's second-largest smartphone maker, already with more than $40 billion in annual revenue from a wide range of telecom gear and products, is preparing to introduce Americans to several of its smartphones and wearable devices this year, including its youth-oriented "Honor" phone, Huawei officials told Reuters. The company's 2015 U.S. plans, which have not been previously reported, will encompass traditional advertising, online promotion and sports team…

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EU bets on 5G to catch up in mobile technology race


By Julia Fioretti and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS/BARCELONA (Reuters) – The European Union is looking to sign agreements with China and Japan and the United States to cooperate on developing the next generation of mobile broadband as it seeks to help its companies catch up in the race to develop such technologies. Europe, once a leader in the 1990s in the second-generation GSM technology standard for mobile phone networks moving into the digital era, has fallen behind the United States, Japan and South Korea in the deployment of the latest 4G standard for mobile broadband services.

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EU’s antitrust chief has met Google’s Schmidt


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union's antitrust chief has met Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as she seeks to resolve a four-year investigation into complaints that the Internet search giant abuses its dominance. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager met Schmidt on Monday, her spokesman Ricardo Cardoso said in an email. In recent weeks Vestager has met more than a dozen Google complainants, including executives from Microsoft, German publisher Axel Springer, mapping companies and price comparison sites to get feedback on the case. …

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GM’s Opel to offer cars with free Wi-Fi for one year


By Edward Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) – General Motors is launching its digital Onstar connection service in Europe this year, offering Opel and Vauxhall buyers free car connectivity for the first year after purchase. Cars are equipped with their own mobile phone SIM card, enabling Opel to get in touch with a driver if an airbag deploys and alert emergency services, or to remotely unlock the car if somebody has locked keys into the vehicle. "Perhaps the most important launch for us in Geneva is Onstar, which offers emergency assistance, and connectivity services, connecting the car to the internet," Opel Chief executive Karl-Thomas Neumann said on Tuesday. Separately, Neumann said that Opel and Vauxhall would need to make up for lost sales in Russia by boosting growth in other…

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BlackBerry unveils new mid-market Leap smartphone


By Harro Ten Wolde and Euan Rocha BARCELONA/TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone on Tuesday dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the phone, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, would initially hit stores in U.S and European markets around April and be priced around $275. One will be a high-end smartphone with what Blackberry called "a dual curve all touch display" with a keyboard behind a slide. "We don't have a code name for it but I call it The Slide," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen told media in Barcelona.

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Israel’s TowerJazz to produce sensors for Intel’s 3D cameras


TowerJazz has won a contract from Intel Corp to produce infrared sensors for Intel's 3D cameras, the Israeli chip manufacturer said on Tuesday. The 3D cameras installed on laptops recognize gestures, enabling users to control their computers with hand and head movements. The technology was developed by Intel's Israeli subsidiary close to TowerJazz's manufacturing plant in northern Israel. Avi Strum, general manager of TowerJazz's CMOS image sensor business, said the technology has numerous potential uses, such as the ability for the likes of cooks or car mechanics to operate a computer with gestures rather than having to touch it with dirty hands.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge: Gear VR hands-on (and eyes-in)


Samsung on Sunday announced that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are going to get their own version of the Gear VR, the company’s own virtual reality headset that lets users enjoy immersive VR content with help of compatible devices — you actually have to insert the smartphone inside the headset to make it all work. Naturally, I had to take the new model for a hands-on, and eyes-in spin at Samsung’s booth at MWC 2015. FROM EARLIER: Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on: Meet the smartphone to beat in 2015 First, the bad news: the headset is rather gigantic, and while it’s not uncomfortable to wear, it would be a pain to carry it around. The moving images you experience once you

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